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Great Gatsby Gap Year

By Dr Tamson Pietsch In September 1926, 500 American university students left New York aboard the Floating University, on a journey around the world that involved stops at forty-seven ports and visits to foreign dignitaries including the King of Siam, the Sultan of Lahej, Mussolini and the Pope. Organised by New York University professor, James […]

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Fictionalising History

By Dr. Jennie Jeppesen Those of us who study and write history find the subject fascinating even when the text is a little dry. But as the funding landscape changes, and historians are tasked more and more with impact beyond the ‘ivory tower’, we need to re-think how our books and articles are written. For […]

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Advice and Experience

Finishing a Phd

by Dr. David Longley The last few months of my PhD were, for me, among the most enjoyable of the entire process. I had gone through that initial phase of excitement at tackling a unique topic, wading through primary sources for those wonderful nuggets of illumination, the long middle slog of writing the chapters I […]

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Reflections of a Fulbright Scholar

By Travis Franks, Graduate Teaching Associate at Arizona State University I’m very thankful to have been asked to contribute to this new endeavor, ANZASA Online. Initially, I set out to write a blog post about the paper I delivered at the ANZASA biennial conference in 2017. There, on a rainy day in North Sydney, I […]

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Ask An Americanist

Ask An Americanist: Dr Emma Hamilton

Dr Emma Hamilton is a Lecturer of History in the English Language and Foundation Studies Centre at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Her first monograph, Masculinities in American Western Films: A Hyper-Linear History, was published in 2016 and she has recently released a co-edited collection, Unbridling the Western Film Auteur. Her research interests include representation […]

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New Research

The Future of Roe

By Dr. Prudence Flowers – Flinders University   On 27 June 2018, Justice Anthony Kennedy made the shock announcement that he was retiring from the US Supreme Court. The departure of Kennedy, a crucial swing vote on reproductive rights, means that the future of legal abortion once again hangs in the balance. This precarious state […]

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ANZASA: Past, Present, Future

Reflections on my time in ANZASA, 2004-

By Professor Timothy Minchin. ANZASA president (2015-) I moved to Australia from the UK in 2004, when I took up my position teaching North American history at La Trobe University’s main campus in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.  La Trobe had a rich tradition in American history, and upon arrival I was told a lot […]

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ANZASA: Past, Present, Future

Welcome to ANZASA Online

The idea for this blog came about rather inauspiciously. We were in Dallas for a conference about the American South when, walking around the dimly-lit book hall between sessions, and fuelled by the mixture of exhaustion and euphoria that a good conference engenders, we made plans.  Unlike most of the grand plans concocted then—and since—this […]

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ANZASA Conference

ANZASA Conference Blog #1

By Associate Professor Jennifer Frost and Dr Paul Taillon The ANZASA conference is returning to Auckland, New Zealand after 15 years!  The dates have been set—14-16 July 2019—and the location too—The University of Auckland.  Our American Studies community in Auckland is comprised of academic staff and undergraduate and postgraduate students in History, English, Media & […]

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ANZASA: Past, Present, Future

ANZASA: A Brief Overview

By Professor Peter Bastian  For a long period after the establishment of universities in Australia and New Zealand, separate studies of the United States, in any discipline, were quite rare. However, by the 1960s ties to Britain were starting to weaken and there was a greater interest in the United States. Professor Norman Harper at […]